After a dominating win to begin the season, the Princeton girls’ hockey team came out flat and ended up steamrolled in their second game on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Delano-Rockford, in their first season unaffiliated with Buffalo, scored just one minute and five seconds into the first period and then didn’t look back. They controlled the puck most of the night and took advantage of seven Princeton penalties to cap a 7-1 victory.
“They were better in every facet of the game,” Princeton coach Paul McElhone said. “They were bigger stronger and faster.”
After giving up the early goal, Princeton then found their way to the penalty box. Dostal MaCallan was called for checking two minutes and 40 seconds into the game. Then, after the Tigers penalty kill didn’t allow a single shot on goal for one minute and 55 seconds, Eden Betzler had her own trip to the box and the defense couldn’t hold up any longer. Quickly, they were down two goals just five minutes into the game.
“I think they (Princeton) may have come out a little overconfident, having a big win and then facing a new team,” McElhone said.
Delano’s chemistry didn’t look new though, capitalizing on own-zone turnovers by Princeton and adding pinpoint shots to carry a 3-0 lead into the second period.
Then the frustration set in for the Tigers.
“When we got behind they started thinking they have to do it themselves and it all kind of compounded,” McElhone said.
The passing wasn’t there for Princeton and players started to work through the Delano defense solo. Madisen Peterson scored her fourth goal of the season in the second period, but that was the only offense Princeton could muster, trailing 5-1 after two periods.
“We worked hard, but we just didn’t work smart,” McElhone said. “I reminded [the girls] that this is a team sport, you just can’t go out and do it yourself.”
To make matters worse, Princeton committed three penalties in the final six minutes, leading to a 5-on-3 situation and two more goals for Delano, who also led in shots on goal 29-17.
McElhone thinks the team will rebound when they host Rochester-Mayo this Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers already bested them in a scrimmage during the first weekend of the season.
“They’re definitely a team we can beat,” he said. “If we move the puck as a team we’ll always have a good shot.”
Princeton will also travel to Rogers for their first road game on Monday, Nov. 21.